Fifth Signing This Summer Likely To Be Announced Tomorrow

Bundesliga club Mainz have said they have indeed agreed a fee to sell their striker Yoshinori Muto to Newcastle United.

Sky Sports have already reported the fee is £9.5M and Muto should be arriving today from Tokyo to have his medical and sign along the dotted line.

We expect if all goes well Muto will be announced as a Newcastle player tomorrow and for £9.5M that’s not a bad deal for the talented striker.

With the Newcastle squad traveling to Portugal tomorrow, they will probably want Muto on the plane if they can get the transfer completed without any hitches.

Yoshinori Muto – on his way to have medical at Newcastle

Here is the statement issued by his German club Mainz:

“The clubs are, as far as the terms of the contract, largely agreed, however, there are around the transfer still time-consuming formalities to be done.”

It looks like we will have our 5th signing announced and it’s our first striker through the door – the top priority for this summer.

So in two days, we will have signed Fabian Schar for £3M from Deportivo and Yoshinori Muto from Mainz for £9.5M.

We also announced today that goalkeeper Matz Sels has left Newcastle and joined French club Strasbourg for £4M – so we almost got our money back on Matz.

Assuming Muto does sign tomorrow, we still have just under two weeks left in the window to bring in more players and sell some of the fringe players no longer needed.

Rafa wants to bring in maybe two or three more players, and we have to move players out of the club like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet, Adam Armstrong, and Rolando Aarons.

Comments welcome.

125 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Not a bad day for bodies in the squad.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #2

    don’t start getting all optimistic it isn’t the done thing

  • JDdubai

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Really don’t want to see HBA in a West Ham shirt next season. Come on Rafa, free transfer, no10.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #4

    If he’s travelling all the way from Tokyo for a medical I think we can assume it’s serious.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Just to say it’s now been 4,712 days since we last broke our transfer record.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Rafa and Ashley are closer than folk think

    Señor Benitez has clearly bought into plugging
    the brand in Asia with signing KiSY and Muto

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #7

    KO for the Porto match is now 8pm and if I’m correct it’s the same for us.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #8

    West Ham have broken their transfer record
    every season since 2013/14
    2013/14 – 13th
    2014/15 – 12th
    2015/16 – 7th
    2016/17 – 11th
    2017/18 – 13th

  • lukes26

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle are getting some great bargains.

    I think a DM signing is still required..Diame has been excellent..but he’s 31 & I havent seen Hayden develop like I hoped he would.

    Joselu, Mitro, of the three will definitely be gone before the window shuts

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #10
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Not sure how this guy fits us. Good player but more of a 10 than a 9 surely? If shelvey gets hurt……. 🙁

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail don’t be silly. I can see Rafa is not getting who he wants so no complaints from me. I called out the fair stuff – some of the crap signings and sometimes over cautious tactics. I travelled miles to shake Rafa’s hand. Hell of a job second half of last season but we need more quality

  • Mag52

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Lukes. Last man standing will, imo, be Joselu.I think Rafa sees him more as a creator of goals than as a scorer, and one to put on to hold out for a result when the paces guys are running out of energy.

  • posada

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Remember what I said folks.
    Keep your tickets.
    Get your tickets.
    Fasten your safety belts.
    The rides about to start.

  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    JDdubai @3

    he’s poison don’t want him anywhere near the club

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Rafa fancies he could maybe convert
    young Josef Yarney into a decent DM

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #18

    That was for

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Rangers beating Osijek against the run
    of play in Croatia

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Aberdeen one up on Burnley

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Very glad to see the bank account has been unlocked at least, money starting to dribble through.
    Come on, let’s see some more!
    We need to do a Mitro deal, but don’t think we should take a penny less than £20mil..

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Sturaro’s name being bandied about again and now this gossip. Newcastle are now ‘waiting to pounce’ for Belgian international Anthony Limbombe according to The Sun – with the winger’s proposed £11m move to Huddersfield having ‘broke down’.

    At thus rate we’ll have two squads time rotate yet alone one

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #23

    If you’re about, respect to you for responding / explaining in the manner you did earlier.
    No hard feelings anyway.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Always loved the waltzers at the Hoppings.
    Turn up the speakers, play Local Hero
    Let the games begin

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Welcome Fabian Schar. Hope Muto joins tomorrow too. Hwtl

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m an old bastid
    I remember the waltzers in the Spanish city
    blasting out
    “It’s all over now”
    by the Stones

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27
  • lukes26

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #28


    Agreed on Joselu.. He’s kinda the new Ameobi, doesnt score much…but does little things well


    I haven’t seen Yarney.. we’ll see…i have complete trust in Rafa when it comes to defenders and central midfielders.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Excellent transfer window so far, probably the best ever window, I’m soooo excited for the season to start.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh i can’t wait.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s all comparative

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Swansea start their Championship season at Sheffield United
    on 4 August and have so far had limited dealings in the transfer market.


  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Wake me up when the window ends.

    I am happy with Muto, I think he fits the system well but he’s not taking us to the next level.

    Add to that the rumours of Gayle having to be used as a makeweight for Rondon and it looks even more poverty stricken.

    Unfortunately I fear it will be enough for a lot of fans to accept it and then wonder at the end of the season why Rafa didn’t stay.

  • magscar

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34


    Cheers and same here

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Well we all can’t be lucky and have someone like Rafa but then again you have got to think to yourself how long he’s really going to be here, then you be shitting yourself.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund
    The neggers are looking more feeble (feebler?)
    with each passing day

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Welsh…did Swansea buy some great players since you’re so happy?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Correct me if I’m wrong jib but I’m sure Newcastle were in championship the season before last cant you remember or were you to busy playing with your blow up dolls in a cave somewhere.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #39


    I’m always happy, so I couldn’t give two flying ducks.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Welshie my wee Celt
    It would appear after all this time
    of covering your back and fighting your corner
    that Jail and co. were right and you are just
    a wumming tosser.

    How could I have been so dim


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